George Orwell famously wrote about wine, "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a grape's face—forever." Have fun proving him right with this grape-smashing Groupon: for $29 you get a wine-tasting class for two (a $60 value) at Desert Moon Vineyards in Englewood.
At Desert Moon Vineyards, patrons dabble in the art of nosing, tasting, and pairing wines cultivated in the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains with a calendar of immersive classes. A sommelier leads classes and fuels holiday revelry in the winery's rustic barrel room, which is strewn with aromatic oak barrels and wafts of fruity fermentation. During each 90-minute session, students sharpen their palates and hone their bouquet-detection abilities to the level of Bacchus's bloodhound while imbibing four samples of vino and noshing on snacks.
The Learning to Taste class establishes a firm palate foundation with instruction on sight, smell, and flavor identification, and pairing classes match libations with cheeses and chocolates as participants master how to harmonize flavors like a conductor leading a choir made up of cupcakes. After each session, guests peruse the winery's selection of locally made wine. Newly minted oenophiles can take advantage of a 10% discount on wine and gifts purchased in the tasting room and 20% off cases of preferred fermented flavors to supplement solstice festivities or bolster cellar supplies to enjoy during the coming months.
Desert Moon Vineyards
Desert Moon Vineyards, named after the founders watched a full moon rise over the Grand Mesa, inspires palates with wines grown in a 10-acre vineyard and nearby Colorado plots. In the arid Grand Valley countryside, the vino experts harvest cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah in small batches with sustainable farming methods, such as minimal spraying and hand picking.